Saturday, November 2, 2013
I write today to update readers on what we know so far in the Kendrick Johnson matter.
I imagine most of you know that a judge last week ordered the release of video and reports of investigation in the Kendrick Johnson case. Also, Michael Moore, the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced a few days ago that he has decided to officially open an investigation into Kendrick Johnson’s death to determine whether it was an accident or a homicide. If he determines that it was a homicide, the next step would be to determine whether any federal laws were violated. He must consider two issues in order to answer that question.
First, was Kendrick killed because he is black? The answer to this question is important because the federal court would lack jurisdiction to decide a murder case, unless the murder were committed because Kendrick was black. That would make the murder a hate crime over which the federal court would have jurisdiction.
A second consideration is whether the investigation by the Lansdowne County Sheriff’s Department may have violated Kendrick’s civil rights. The answer to this question depends on whether the department’s decision not to prosecute anyone was motivated by a desire to protect the perpetrator(s) of the crime.
Thousands of hours of video surveillance are coming. There are 40 cameras in that area of the Old Gym with up to 48 hours [of surveillance recorded] by each camera. That’s 1900-plus hours to review.
In the first video released last week, approximately six teenage males appear to be participating in a basic passing and shooting drill. They appear to know how to perform the drill, so I suspect they may be members of the varsity or junior varsity teams. The video in which the drill is shown is a short segment approximately 10 seconds in length playing as an endless loop. Look closely at the bottom of the screen and you will see Kendrick appear and move quickly from left to right. He is wearing a white tee-shirt. I do not see a coach or faculty member supervising the drill.
According to Blackwell, the area where Kendrick’s body was discovered is off-screen from the upper right-hand-corner depicted in the video. Kendrick appears headed in that direction just “moments before” he reached the area where his body was found the following day.
Apparently none of the cameras were focused on that area.
Finally, I am extremely pleased to announce that one of the most disturbed and persistent of the right-wing-wacko trolls who have been obsessed with inventing and spreading intentionally false and malicious statements about Crane-Station and myself was permanently banned from youtube for violating their terms of service.
With the assistance of others to whom we are most grateful but shall not mention in order to protect their privacy, we filed complaints with youtube prompting them to kick the offender and his multiple sock-puppet identities off the island.
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